Development Associate, Foundation Relations

Natural Resources Defense Council Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a Development Associate to work with the Foundation Relations team in our Chicago office. The Development Associate, Foundation Relations supports the work of the Foundation Relations team by coordinating stewardship of donors, managing administrative functions, and supporting the National Director.


Steward donors

  • Work with Foundation team members to identify stewardship opportunities and craft materials (emails, written documents, presentations)
  • Plan foundation updates (mailings, teleconferences, webinars, and more)
  • Collaborate with Donor Relations colleagues to learn about potential opportunities for shared donor outreach and updates

Support Foundations Team

  • Manage timely processing of Concur reports

  • Schedule and record team meetings and schedule key meetings with foundations and other departments

  • Maintain team Dropbox files to ensure sharing information and clear communication

  • Monitor outstanding tasks and alert National Director about any concerns

Support National Director

  • Help manage calendar and travel plans

  • Assist in tracking major projects

  • Other administrative duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree required

  • 2+ years' experience in an office setting

  • Salesforce experience a plus

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills

  • Strong organizational instincts and ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Detail oriented with high standards of excellence

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to analyze and develop strategies for efficient approaches to work

  • Broad knowledge of environmental issues and foundation donors a plus

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit

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